American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Resembling a cat, especially in being quiet or stealthy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like a cat; feline; watchful; stealthy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a cat; stealthy; noiseless.
- cat + -like (Wiktionary)
“Fortunately, my "catlike" reflexes allowed me to delay contact for an spit-second so that I went into the quarter panel instead of under the front bumper.”
“The uncivilised vampires are described somewhat differently, their walk being "catlike" and "on the edge of shifting into a crouch" (TW18).”
“In fact, Elizabeth did favor Anne in the sharpness of her chin and the catlike slant of her eyes.”
“Then, with catlike reflexes, she grabbed the tops of the stingers.”
“Behind that gloss was something cold and terrible, that lurked and waited and watched -- something catlike, something inimical and deadly.”
“With a sudden, catlike movement he whirled over on his back, caught his heel in a tiny, saucer-shaped depression and sat up.”
“She arose with catlike ease and suddenness to her full height, her eyes flashing, her nostrils quivering like a deer's.”
“Even then he would have failed, had it not been for the patient's catlike vitality and almost uncanny physical and mental grip on life.”
“For last of them was one, a lean and catlike man, young of face, with a quick and daring eye, who drank darkly, and spat forth upon the ground, and spoke no word.”
“Three catlike faces were all attached to the same oversized head.”
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